A former Affton High School football standout forced his way into a South County home and was shot and killed by an off-duty officer inside after a Facebook dispute over Black Lives Matter apparently boiled over late Saturday afternoon. Gebhard, Brogan said, did not participate in protests, but did support the group and what the organization stands for. The officer's wife answered the door with the infant and recognized Gebhard, who played football for Southeast Missouri State.
"He had a lot of mental problems the last few months", Brogan told reporters. He said that Gebhard struggled with his mental health and that his family "had to stay on him to take his medication".
Several tributes and memorial pages have been created for Gebhard. My white friends are my n***as 2'. Until a parent tells them not to'.
Relatives say Gebhard and the officer knew each other and had been arguing over Facebook.
Tyler Gebhard was killed by an off-duty St. Louis County Police officer during a home invasion, police say.
Brogan said Gebhard and the officer became acquainted through a church connection.
The unnamed officer's wife and mother-in-law, as well as a toddler and an infant, were in the home when the deadly shooting happened, ending after Gebhard was hit twice in the chest as family tried escaping from a bedroom window.
'It's a tragedy for the suspect's family, regardless of his motives or what kind of emotional distress he was going through - his family has lost a loved one and he has lost his life'. "I don't think the officer had a choice-I honestly don't", Belmar said after the Saturday evening shooting, which followed online threats.
It is unclear whether the gun he used was the officer's department issued firearm or a personal weapon.
He said he was "sick for both families" because it was a "senseless death". The officer, whose race has not been reported, is now on administrative leave.